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Impeachment is still a big topic among the main media outlets. Democrats in the House of Representatives continue to push wanting to begin impeachment proceedings. A CNN list has the total representatives calling for impeachment proceedings at 60, including 1 Republican. Most of the Democratic Presidential candidates have all also supported impeachment proceedings to begin.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke out on Tuesday accusing Democrats of sitting on their hands in regards to impeachment. AOC states she was not happy with Speaker Pelosi’s response to impeachment and that she continued to support impeachment proceedings against Trump. Pelosi did state in a CNN interview on Tuesday that impeachment is not off the table with Trump. Representative Tlaib has proposed an impeachment inquiry already.
Many people inside the Democratic caucus believe Trump committed a crime and it is time to start impeachment. The media is in full support of impeachment proceedings and it is one of the hottest talking points for the Democratic 2020 Presidential candidates. So why as there been no movement towards impeaching Trump?
The hold up for Democrats is public support and purely political. In a recent poll, only 41% of Americans supported impeachment of President Trump. This is up from 36% before the Barr report was released. The game plan for Democrats and the media is to keep impeachment in the forefront and create any continued doubt in the publics mind to continue to build support. The more support, the less risky it is politically.
With the majority of American’s not in support of impeachment proceedings and President Trump’s approval numbers continuing to linger in the mid 40% range, the move could prove quite risky to Democrats. Even more tricky is the potential of an impeachment inquiry when there is possibly no clear evidence of obstruction. Democrats have had access to the Mueller report for some time. If the report was clear in regards to obstruction, would they really be waiting to impeach the President they hate the most?
House Democrats are going to continue to call for impeachment and Nancy Pelosi’s hand is going to be pushed. She knows this and will do anything in her power to delay. A failed impeachment push will result in a 2020 loss for Democrats. Impeachment proceedings that are taking place during an election would be an interesting narrative that would favor Democrats and be nothing short of surprising.
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